European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-NET (CHIST-ERA)


CHIST-ERA is looking for transformative and highly multidisciplinary research projects. They should explore new ideas with potential for significant scientific and technical impacts in the long term. Each year, CHIST-ERA launches a call for research proposals in two new topics of emergent scientific importance.

(The list of past call topics is available here.)


We are pleased to announce that the Call 2020 announcement is now published on CHIST-ERA web page.

Potential applicants should check Partner Search Tool as the opportunity to find partners and by consulting the list of Expressions of Interest.

For more information about the Call 2020, please subscribe to the Newsletter or visit the information webinars planned for January 11, 2021, and February 22, 2021.



CHIST-ERA have announced the following Call Topics for the 2020 Call. For more information on this call, please visit the CHIST-ERA website


2020 Call topics:

Topic 1. Advanced Brain-Computer Interfaces for Novel Interactions

Recently we have seen an explosion of brain-based technologies that capitalise on human capabilities to improve human-system interactions. Forerunners of this conception are brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), which have been largely focused on improving the quality of life for particular clinical populations, such as paralyzed or “locked-in” patients. Near-term applications are primarily task-oriented and are targeted to overcome development obstacles. However, in the longer term, a holistic approach to BCIs shall enable a range of task-oriented and opportunistic applications by leveraging pervasive technologies and advanced analytical approaches to sense and merge critical brain, behavioural, task, and environmental information. The objective of this topic is to consider BCIs for human-computer, human-to-human, or human-to-object interaction. Of particular interest are BCIs in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, without verbal commands.

Application sectors: Healthcare, Telemedicine, Assisted Living, Education & Training, Entertainment & Gaming, Simulation, Cultural and Creative Industries, Advertising

Keywords: Human-machine interaction, brain-computer interface, augmented brain-computer interface, pervasive sensing and computing, collaboration, virtual reality, augmented reality, cyber-physical systems, cyber-human systems


Topic 2. Towards Sustainable ICT

The energy and resource footprint of ICT is rapidly increasing and is becoming a significant contributor to climate change and various kinds of pollution. At the same time, ICT is an ideal area where the entire technology involved may be rethought systemically. Sustainable ICT concerns all frugality aspects from computing hardware, over middleware and software, to networking and mobile computing, in an integrated manner. Novel and ambitious approaches are sought to design and build systems, software and protocols that minimise resource and energy usage as well as carbon footprint over their entire life cycle from resource extraction to end-of-life and that favour reusability, reparability and recycling. Reaching such a technology objective is likely to be insufficient on its own to keep the impact of ICT within the Earth system limits. Human factors should also be studied to allow joint rethinking of ICT and their usage, in particular how to minimise rebound effects, a traditional annihilator of many efficiency gains, and foster an environment-aware usage of ICT.

Application sectors: All application sectors of ICT

Keywords: ICT, carbon footprint, energy consumption, material footprint, life cycle analysis, environment-aware usage, frugality, sustainability


For more information please email:

National Contact Point: Rose Sweeney

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